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Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Executive Director

Ben Davis

Executive Director

Ben Davis is honored to serve as executive director of Friends of the Children in Montana’s Western Region and to impact children and families in our communities with Friends’ proven professional mentoring model.

Prior to launching Friends of the Children in Montana, Davis co-founded and served as chief research officer of a groundbreaking research and data analytics company, Kharon. Davis previously worked as a district attorney in Denver, Colorado for a number of years prosecuting family violence and child abuse cases. It was during this period when he became deeply involved in volunteering his time to mentor children and work on social equity issues impacting youth and their families.

Earlier in his career, Ben served as an advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and represented the Department of the Treasury as an attache in the Middle East. He previously worked with families of the September 11 attacks in a historic civil terrorism lawsuit against the funders of al Qaida. He has also directed numerous federal political campaigns where he oversaw all aspects of the campaign’s operations, fundraising, grassroots organizing, and media strategy.

He and his wife are the proud parents of 4 children, ages 2-11. They love to have as much fun in the world together as possible hiking, camping, cooking, and skiing.

Stacy Houge

Stacy Houge

Program Director

Stacy Houge

Program Director

Stacy is Friends of the Children’s program director. Stacy has an impressive career of working with young families and children to build loving relationships and deliver fun and enriching programming that lifts up children and families.

Before joining Friends of the Children, Stacy worked at Mountain Home Montana for over ten years, serving young mothers and their children in a variety of capacities. She started in the residential program as supportive staff and moved through a range of positions which eventually led to leading the Mental Health Center as the Clinical Director. Stacy has a partner, three children, and two dogs who fill her life with joy and adventure. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, as well as spending time outdoors hiking, camping, soaking in hot springs, and cross-country skiing. If you’re careful you might spot Stacy in her red 1966 Dodge Dart cruising around Missoula and blaring Bruce Springsteen’s finest album, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Anne Marie Brinkman

Anne Marie Brinkman

Operations Manager

Anne Marie Brinkman

Operations Manager

Anne Marie Brinkman comes to Friends of the Children with a wealth of experience running organizations, a loving and friendly personality, and a huge passion for helping children.

Frequently described as a “force of nature,” Anne Marie most recently served as a project coordinator at an environmental consulting and engineering firm where she supervised administration staff, coordinated HR and meeting functions, managed data reporting requirements, and wrote environmental assessments.  Anne Marie previously served as executive director of the International Choral Festival in Missoula, where she oversaw all aspects of organizing the international event that draws hundreds of choral participants from around the world and thousands of audience members to western Montana.

A resident of Montana since 1986, she enjoys playing the piano, teaching students of all ages, and accompanying for the district and state music festivals. Anne Marie’s favorite activity is taking long walks and hikes with friends and families. She is an avid reader, enjoys listening to podcasts, and is always up for new adventures.

Anne Marie leads all aspects of Friends’ operations.

Kinley Pope

Kinley Pope

Professional Mentor

Kinley Pope

Professional Mentor

Kinley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience fostering positive social emotional skills and child development. She has worked with children as a kindergarten teacher, a camp counselor, and most recently a Head Start teacher here in Missoula. In her spare time, she also coaches high school softball in St. Ignatius. Kinley grew up in Charlo, Montana and attended school at Carrol College in Helena. Kinley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor

Professional Mentor

Tyler Taylor

Professional Mentor

Tyler has more than a decade of experience in elementary and secondary education and youth programming. Most recently, Tyler served as director of School Age Programs for the Greater Missoula YMCA. He previously served as an elementary and secondary English teacher at a number of public and private schools in western Montana. He also spent six years as a pre-school teacher at the University of Montana pre-school. He graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction.

Julian Costantini

Julian Costantini

Community Engagement and Development Intern

Julian Costantini

Community Engagement and Development Intern

Julian came to Montana in 2020 to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA on the Flathead Reservation with the Arlee Rehabilitation Center (ARC). During this time, they gained invaluable experience with fundraising, community engagement, & program development. They coordinated a pilot project for the Pawsitively Healing Camp - a summer camp for Native youth that teaches social & emotional learning through engagement with animals.

Julian moved to Missoula in 2021 and became involved with direct care & food programs at The Poverello Center. Now that they are settling into their community, they aspire to play an active role in organizing around housing instability, food sovereignty, & artistic expression. They are an active member of the Missoula Tenants Union and host a poetry collective, The Honeybee Poets Society, that fosters creative collaboration and queer identity.

When they’re able to catch a breath, Julian enjoys writing, live music, cooking, meditation, foraging, & board games. They are beyond grateful to work with Friends of the Children and see this as an exciting opportunity to grow with an amazing organization.